Been a long time coming since I provided an update, but life tends to get in the way.
Turns out that with rising consoles, come rising requirements so along with my entry into PC gaming, I managed to get my hands on some hardware, and in doing so, cobbled togther a unit almost entirely out of free parts to make a Lakka unit (I owe this team and the Batocera team a debt of gratitude for enabling me to retro game without going broke in the process).
So last time I mentioned this, I was using a Gigabyte Brix which just consisted in an Intel i3 6th gen chip with integrated graphics. Could do what I wanted back then with ease, and even a bit of Gamecube/Wii and 3DS (I beata Metroid: Samus Returns on that box!).
Now? Yeah, gaming PC hardware makes emulation SO much more easier to emulate more powerful hardware. So n ow, as I just completed testing on it, here’s the rundown on the specs:
- Ryzen 3 2200G (clocked @ 3.8 GHz)
- 16GB DDR4 3200 MHz Crucial Ballistix RAM
- Gigabyte RX 570 4GB
- Gigabyte AB350N Gaming-AC
- 1TB WD SN750 SE (boot + ROMs) + 1TB WD Blue 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (more ROMs) SATA + 1TB HGST 7200RPM 2.5" (even more ROMs) SATA (I preloaded the SATA drives before installing them inside the PC with a SATA to USB 3.0 cable.
- Integra 450W 80+ Bronze PSU
- Fractal Design Node 202 Case.
So yup, it even looks like a console on the outside, but it’s got pure gaming PC insides and retro gaming goodness throughout. PS2 emulation is not a problem, and cuts right through everything I’ve chucked at it, with some exceptions (compatibility problems discovered that are compatible with the PCSX2 emulator, like Twisted Metal Black, for example). God of War II with the PCSX2 core runs @ 60FPS upscaled to 1080p. The Play! core is not all that great, but can be used for some games. I use it to test compatibility for PS2 emulation before tweaking the PCSX2 core to get it to run. 3DS, Gamecube and Wii run wihtout any problems.
So what do you Lakka on?
Edit: User error on my part, I screwed up on the ISO creation when I unzipped myfile on TM: Black, it works when I redid it and it’ 60FPS and smooth as butter, now to shove some missiles up Sweet Tooth’s @$$.